Thursday, April 16, 2015

Letter of KKE GS Koutsoumbas to Ukraine President Poroshenko

Thursday, 16 April 2015

To the President of Ukraine Piotr Poroshenko

Mr. President,

On 9 April 2015, one month before the 70th anniversary of the antifascist victory, the Parliament of your country approved Law 2558, "on the condemnation of communist and nazi totalitarian regimes in Ukraine and the prohibition of their propaganda and symbols." On the same day, the Parliament of your country approved another law, which glamorizes the local Nazi collaborators.

These decisions are a provocation for those who fought against the fascist monster. They are blasphemy against the millions of people who gave their lives in the struggle against fascism during the Second Imperialist World War. They aim at the unacceptable equation of the Soviet Union to Nazi Germany, whilst the contribution of the USSR, under communist leadership, in bearing the principal burden of the war against fascism, is well known. These decisions are an insult against the communists of other countries, such as Greece, who stood at the forefront of the struggle against fascism and imperialism, for popular rights and freedoms.

Mr. President,

The pursuit of prohibiting the dissemination of communist ideals, the prohibition of the Communist Party, the legal persecution of communists constitute a slippery antidemocratic path. This dangerous decision is condemned by the Communist Party of Greece and by Greek communists, as well as by communist parties throughout the world. It will marshall against it thousands of social and political organizations, millions of people from every corner of the planet. But above all, it will marshall against it the people of Ukraine, who experienced the great social achievements of socialism in your country, including the conferral of statehood to Ukraine for the first time in its history under the form of the Soviet Socialist Republic of Ukraine, but also the historical achievements humanity encountered during the era of socialism.

Mr. President,

Your signature of endorsement on the above unacceptable laws will mean the advancement of an anti-historical choice that has been condemned by the peoples and will bring you in opposition to the right to political action, to popular rights--a grave responsibility.

Dimitris Koutsoumbas

General Secretary of the Central Committee of the Communist Party of Greece

Chair of the Parliamentary Committee of the Party.

902, transl. Lenin Reloaded

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